Lynn McCain is a writer who currently resides in The United States ! Writing has always been a passion of hers :”My love for writing began during childhood and has manifested itself throughout the years upon a many of napkins and discarded pieces of paper. It is only recently that I have sat down long enough to complete an entire novel, and now that I’m on this train, I’m never getting off. Writing is the perfect career for those of us with a gypsy soul. We get to travel without even leaving our beds and live vicariously through our characters. The best part about the whole thing is that I’m doing exactly what I love!”
1.Why did you start writing?
I have written as long as I can remember. I still remember the first poem I wrote in the 2nd grade.
2.Did you base the characters off of people in real life?
No. So far all of my characters are fictional.
3.How long did it take you to write the book?
The first one took me about four years because I wasn’t really sure I was writing a book at first. I finished the second one much faster. I’m also working on another one now that is going pretty quickly.
4.What first inspired you to write?
I was always very in tune with my feels. As I got older, I loved Edgar Allen Poe. His writings always made me feel exactly what he was saying. A lot of my early poetry sounds like him.
5.How do people react when you tell them you’re an author?
I guess it depends on who it is. Some people are very impressed, some wish they were authors too, and some don’t really care.
6.Which authors inspire you?
Like I mentioned before, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Bronte. I love Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins. I have read the Hunger Game series and Divergent series many times. .
7.What is the best book you have read recently?
I absolutely loved, Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale. It had everything I love, twists, turns, and it kept me up for a few nights. I also really enjoyed, Calling me Home by Julie Kibler,(a Goodwill find) such a sweet yet sad story
8.What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Probably just that I could stick with something for so long. I have a tendency to get bored very easily.
9.What did you research for your book?
The story is set in Wales so I studied the area. The second book is during WW2 so I had to make sure everything lined up with how things were then. I also studied a lot of Hebrew, most of the names are related to Hebrew words in the first book, Neither Light nor Dark. There are demons in the 2nd book, The Darker Light so I had to research some concerning that and some old folklore.
10.What inspired you to write ya?
I love to read YA and I wanted to write something my kiddos could read.
11.Do you read all of your book reviews and how do you react to them?
Yes. I actually like MOST of them even if they aren’t the best. Because I want to be a great author, so any criticism I get, I ask myself, “Are they right? Could this be better? How can I make it better?”
11.What other authors are you friends with and how did that help you with your writing?
I am in a local writer’s group. It is nice to have others to toss ideas off of.
12.What is your best memory as a writer?
The moment I held my first book in my hands as a print copy.
13.Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes. There are times I have nothing. In those times, I usually just reread the project I’m working on or look for movies or something else to inspire me. Right now I’m working on a dystopian novel and I’ve been watching documentaries about Hitler quite a bit. It’s crazy the places that I find inspiration.
14.Do you have anything to say to your readers?
Thank you! It still weirds me out to think that I have “readers.” I hope you fall in love with Lily, Calev, and Henry as much as I have. Oh, and don’t forget Shim and Maleke, two of my favorites.
15.Can you describe your book in three words?
16.What is one of your favorite quotes?
Her sins, which are many, are forgiven.-Luke 7:47.
Thank you so much to the lovely Lynn for taking part in the interview ! She is a wonderful person and author . You can go check her official site where you will find more about her here.